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Bergeron sent for stitches

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  February 8, 2011 12:13 PM

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Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron took a puck to the chin at this morning's practice session at Ristuccia Arena and quickly departed the ice, hunched over in pain. Bergeron went to the hospital to be x-rayed as a precaution and to get stitches.

Bergeron sustained the injury at 11:18 a.m. when Johnny Boychuck attempted to chip a puck off the glass and it struck the metal partition, causing it to ricochet and hit Bergeron on the chin.

``You never like to see those kinds of things,'' said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who indicated Bergeron's should be ready to go for Wednesday night's home game against the Montreal Canadiens. ``Those partitions in the glass are dangerous things. The puck hit the partition and hit [Bergeron] on the chin, I guess.

``From what I hear right now, it's just stitches, so hopefully it's the only thing he gets.''

Boychuk said it was purely an accident.

``Oh, yeah, of course. I would never want to shoot it at his face,'' Boychuk said. ``We were on [the penalty kill] and I was just going to get it down and the puck flipped up and hit a partition and hit him in the face.''

When he saw Bergeron skate off the ice, ``I felt terrible,'' Boychuk said. ``I probably need to phone him in a bit here.''

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